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The Major Risk Factors for the Development of Pasture Induced Laminitis…

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The Major Risk Factors for the Development of Pasture Induced Laminitis…

People think the biggest risk factor for laminitis is the ‘look’ of the horse, in other words whether they are obese, have a ‘cresty’ neck, pads behind the shoulder and above the tail-head. This thinking tends to promote the idea that horses without this body type are ‘safe’ from a laminitis episode whereas in actual fact it means disturbances to the horses metabolism have already progressed to the danger zone. Yes horses with this EMS look are clearly ‘advertising’ that they are ready and waiting for laminitis to arrive. If they are fortunate their owners will realise or be alerted,...

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Similar Signs: Ulcers or Grass-Affected or Both?

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Similar Signs: Ulcers or Grass-Affected or Both?

The symptoms of ulcers and the symptoms of being Grass Affected can be confusingly similar so therefore it is best not to leap to the conclusion that your horse has ulcers without considering other causes as well. Most common are gastric or stomach ulcers. The reason is that horses have a smaller stomach than other animals. This is why they cannot handle large amounts of food. Instead they are meant to graze for most of the day so the stomach has a continuous trickle of fibrous material going through. Horses require a steady flow of acid for digestion so the...

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Grass-Related Laminitis – What you can do...

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Grass-Related Laminitis – What you can do...

There are other great people out there who have, with the most amazing dedication, successfully brought their horses back from serious laminitis. All kudos to them, it is no easy task. This is why we harp on about prevention. Unfortunately for many horses and ponies, until people have experienced the horrors of Laminitis it is easy to be too lackadaisical about prevention and suddenly it is too late and equines come down with it left, right and centre and their owners are faced with providing ‘intensive care’ for the worrisome and demanding journey back to soundness. We have learned a...

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